The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson - a review

Book details :

Paperback : 280 pages

Publisher : Terra Nova books (May 1, 2018)

Language : English

ISBN-10 : 1938288203

ISBN-13 : 978 - 1938288203

Book description :

Successful San Francisco attorney Will Munoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Munoz, assassinated thirty years earlier.

Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father's death - and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister  history doomed to repeat itself.

My review 

Augusto Pinochet has a (well-earned) place among the most ruthless dictators in the annals of world history. The atrocities that he committed during the 17 years he was in power (1973-1990) and the role of the United States government in facilitating his rise are a matter of public record (Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner argues this point quite passionately). Political thrillers aren't generally my cup of tea. So it was with a healthy dose of reluctance that I started reading The Pinochet Plot. I was in for a surprise, and a rather pleasant one at that.

The first thing that struck me when I started reading was that how well researched this novel is. The author has done a great job of detailing the historical aspects of the Pinochet regime and the general political situation in Chile. Will Munoz, with all his flaws, is a very likeable protagonist, so are his sidekicks, best friend Travis and on-off girlfriend (later wife) Cheryl (It's no surprise that the woman is the pragmatist in their group dynamic). The character sketches are vivid and memorable, even in the case of minor characters such as the white supremacist friend of Will's step-father's. Linking fiction and history seamlessly is no easy feat, and, in my opinion, Mr. Robinson has done it justice and then some. The emotional turmoil that Will goes through as events unfold and spiral out of his control, gives heart to the narrative. The writing style is fast paced and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed diving into the world of suspense and intrigue outlined by David Myles Robinson. Well worth a read is my verdict !

About the author :

David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels : legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgements, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

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